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The article "A Soldier's Story" published in your April 12 issue was a disgrace to John J. Lyons Jr., his family, and his respected colleagues of the Chicago Police Department. Juan Juarez's facts were inaccurate and the fact that he can quote a conversation from 11 years ago is prodigious.

He notes that he had other partners besides Officer Lyons but only singles him out. Perhaps it is because Officer Lyons is deceased and the facts of the story could not be verified.

As a note to Mr. Juarez, we are very sorry that you found your experience as a police officer so disheartening. However, this does not give you the authority to discredit a deceased man nearly ten years after he is deceased.

Obviously, you did not uphold the rules and regulations of the police department and its procedures. If you found that conduct was inappropriate, it should have been reported when you observed it.

Never in the past ten years have we encountered any negativity about the actions of Officer Lyons. He received numerous commendations in his 25 years of service. The only truth written in your article is that Officer Lyons was a "cop's cop." He was "hardworking, diligent, and aggressive," just as you said. Perhaps that is why he lasted 25 years on the job and you only lasted 7.

Sincerely,

The family and friends of Officer John J. Lyons Jr.

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